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So the question is whether or not by allowing DC Comics to use The Watchmen characters, elements from the original story, integration of The Watchmen into the DCU, creation of spin-offs, cartoons, video games- you get the idea; would that be exploiting the original Alan Moore book? More importantly, does it take away from the original story?
...But of course, those people (Paul Levitz) aren’t there anymore and it was a different regime, and I had heard that the new Head of DC had announced that she (Diane Nelson) really wanted to pursue some of DC’s key properties, by which I assume she probably meant WATCHMEN. I think she may have even mentioned it, I don’t know. So I said to Dave (Gibbons) that yes, I had heard about this and he was saying that he knew the thing that I always wanted was the rights to WATCHMEN back. This was said with the kind of understanding that if they gave me back the rights to WATCHMEN, then I would in return sign over the rights to secondary properties such as, oh I don’t know, Rorschach comic books, sequels, prequels, all of these things…
TV series, things like that?
Yeah, all of these things, potentially, when you think about the different mediums these could be exploited in. Potentially endless properties that could be spun off of WATCHMEN. Now, I stepped in and said to Dave that actually, no I had grown so sick of WATCHMEN over these last 18 months that I didn’t want the rights back anymore. If they had offered them back to me back when I wanted them, ten, twenty years ago, then maybe this could have all been resolved in a friendly fashion. But no, I wasn’t going to take the rights back at this stage after they had pretty much, in my opinion, raped what I had thought to be a pretty decent work of art. I didn’t want them throwing me back the spent and exhausted carcass of my work and certainly not under terms that would apparently allow them to go on producing witless sequels and prequels ad infinitum.
I really don't think so. To be honest, no matter what DC does with the secondary Watchmen properties, no matter how many spin-offs, video games, cartoons they make using The Watchmen characters; nothing will take away from the brilliance of the original story. It doesn't matter what happens because I know, and all of you know, that if there ever is a Watchmen video game, Alan Moore would have absolutely nothing to do with it. That being said, who cares if The Watchmen becomes a video game or an animated cartoon? Nothing will take away from the original graphic novel.
What do you guys think? Do you agree with Alan Moore that spin-offs of Watchmen would exploit the original story and it's characters, or do you feel that the original story is so strong, that it's untouchable? Also, does DC Comics want to exploit the story?